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National Bohemian Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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National Bohemian BeerNational Bohemian Beer

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.28%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2003

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 508
Photo of Josephkeene
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 Fl oz can condition from sixer - $4.99 locally (Baltimore hon)

The beer pours a brighter yellow hue similar to many other inexpensive lagers, with a smell of cheap corn and a bit of a musk on the back end. The head leaves a bit of a lacing residue but nothing too notable - there is certainly a ton of carbonation. Taste wise is a large amount of corn, sweet corn and then a mellow hidden hop and a bit of watery malt, but is overall clean on the finish and doesn't leave a memorable flavour on the plate. The carbonation does hit you a bit if you're chugging this one down, but overall is not too bad of a brew.

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Photo of Myotus
2.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 41°F from a 12oz can (best before 02May16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 21Apr16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of porous, white foam is formed once poured. This foam head dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 35 seconds. Straw yellow in color. There is an abundance of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits and sweet bread clash with subtle corn, spicy hop, earthy hop, and neutral-scented hand soap aromas.
TASTE: Mild biscuit flavors first caress the palate resulting in a beer that is pleasant at first. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Subtle corn and sweet bread flavors immediately follow to give way to that infamous Adjunct Lager flavor that us crafties love to hate. Subtle spicy hop flavors along with hints of soap finish off this brew as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer is somewhere between full and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. The beer goes down somewhat smooth. And like most of this style, it goes down crisp (about the only positive aspect here).
NOTE: Not that bad of a Macro. It definitely beats Bud and Coors. I can see how some people with underdeveloped taste palates might actually enjoy this.

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Photo of brobbable
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's solid. Tastes like a beer. Good for when you want something different, but dont feel like a craft beer. 8 dollars and some change for a 12 pack cant be beat!

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Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelver of this once and apparently never reviewed it. I remember it tasting okay but then getting sour as the beer warms, similar to Pabst or the old-ish, pre-Gusto Schlitz. Now I'm spending a night in Baltimore so I might as well have some again.

16 ounce tallboy that doesn't expire for 10 weeks, so presumably this is quite fresh. Smells solid and smooth: adjunct cereal and minimal hops. Tastes... nice and smooth, actually. Kinda like Coors Heavy. Similar sharp finish to Pabst and maybe Hamm's, but without the lingering sourness that can drag down both of those beers.

Totally okay.

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Photo of hdf561
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have had several times but this review specifically in a 16oz can at The Green Turtle in Washington DC.

This beer is just good, it's not complex or anything it is smooth tastes good and is like a PBR but better. Mostly a Baltimore Maryland beer and regional offering.

Good tailgater but heavier than a light beer

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Photo of DL2449
4.25/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blind buy, and glad I did. I can't add anything to what's already been detailed but know that it's a straightforward, no-nonsense old style beer and if that's what you're looking for, it'll satisfy. Tastes like you'd expect but a bit better than most big names do (at least to my limited palate). Best of all, it's the closest thing I've found out here on the east coast to my favorite, the St. Louis area's Stag...both are simple, clean, unpretentious and very satisfying. NB tastes uncannily close to Stag, which probably figures since both are now ultimately Pabst products. Could be the same dang beer for all I know, or care. Anyway, I like NB and will be buying it again.

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Photo of Rbodacious
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste- Surprising smooth full bodied flavor
Feel- good cheap beer
O- Had not had this beer since at an Orioles game in the early 80's, did not know it still existed , offered during a brief visit at a friends family home in Clarksville MD. Glad.

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Photo of ordybill
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a pint glass at the Brick House in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is basic AAL, grains and some yeast. The taste is slightly fruity with malt and corn to fill the void. A really average beer.

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Photo of nijato
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Perfect beer for a hot Baltimore July afternoon. In any other situation, it is at least as good as it's big brand peers. Serve as cold as possible. Let's go O's!

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Photo of mlockman
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is not a great beer; that being said, anyone who sits down to drink Natty Bo probably isn't looking to embark on a sensational flavor journey. All things considered, this is a a cheap beer that goes down easy and has more flavor than its adjunct compatriots, so it scores moderately well in my book.

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Photo of stakem
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Natty Boh in pounder can presentation colored the likes of the baltimore orioles. It streams like water and resides in my glass exceptionally pale im color, barely golden with a white cap that audibly fades.

This smells like your typical adjunct lager, sweet with the water profile being noticeable, mild bubblegum and candy. The taste is sweet like watered down candy syrup mixed with pink original bubblegum, corn and carbonics/minerals.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. I dont need to have this sugar water ever again.

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Photo of jstrickler278
3.41/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

National Bohemian has a "basic" beer taste. When I want to just go back to the beginning, away from all IPA's, I go to National Bohemian (Natty Boh). It's a cheap beer that looks good and tastes just as a cheap "basic" beer should.

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Photo of elvishfarmer
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

The iconic Natty Boh is much like the city that loves it. On the surface, it appears cheap, low-class and full of disappointment. But take a chance and stay with this beer for a weekend. You will be pleasantly surprised. It is uncannily thirst quenching and refreshing while complementary of salty seafood like crabs or seasoned fish. Very drinkable without that awful "tin can" aftertaste so often associated with other cheap beers. And while water is the main ingredient, it is not a diluted libation.

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Photo of jmasher85
1.72/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

One of my all-time least favorite beers, not sure why I'm even bothering to review it. Best to drink it in a can to avoid smelling any of it. Smells like it was deliberately skunked while canning. Hints of urine, field corn, rusty tap water. I'd happily take PBR over this swill. Somebody might have made a worse beer, so I'll save straight 1s for them, but I would probably go sober before having to drink this...or at least wait until I'm already drunk.

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Photo of Kubishark
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer I will happily consume at Camden Yards or when given to me for free by fellow Marylanders. It's not bad and it's not that good. (Better than PBR though.)

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reminds me of a more drinkable version of Pabst.

Tastes like a Pabst that sat in the hot sun for a couple of days. It is smoother, but the flavor is a bit more funky. I can't say I am really a fan, but it was worth a try!

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of puboflyons
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, PA. Sampled on June 29 , 2015.

I has to drink it since it is not in my area and is one of those classic American beers from simpler times.

Yellow with a quick head diminishing.

Corn grits, toasted bread, and clean grassy hopped nose.

Light and refreshing body.

Simple toasted sweetness and clean dry finish just as I would expect from a beer like this.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing; a lot of bubbles rising;

S: corn and light malt;

T: light malt; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; moderately dry finish;

O: tastes better than it smells; in the world of adjunct lagers, this is a pretty good one;

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Photo of startreker
4.58/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For all of the AAL`S Iv`e tried, I like this one the best! I`m not going to get technical in describing characteristics and so forth, no need to. I love how satisfying, and crisp and quenching this beer is! Nuff said!!!

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Photo of jafrpavi
1.86/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

As a college student, it's been a popular pick-up for parties and for Marylanders for years. Something good for the regular folk. If you're looking for a bud light or Coors alternative, then Boh is the way to Goh!

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Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a fine example of an American Adjunct Lager (AAL). Granted AAL is far from my go to style, near the bottom in fact, however measured against style, this is a VERY good beer. For those keeping an open mind and not having the expectations this is something it's not, this is certainly worth a try!

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Photo of gopens44
1.28/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

So I thought "why the hell not?" While at the Green Turtle in Annapolis. Ended up with a glass of fizzy yellow water that mayvor may not have contained corn byproduct at some point in time. Needless to say, this is a boring, bland beer that apparently has niche hipstrt appeal. Go figure.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got 4 cans from the generous RA. Thanks dude!

Best before March 2, 2015 on the bottom of the can.

It pours the crystal clearest of pale gold with what ends up being a fine broken layer of foam.

There's sweetish malt and grain in the smell with a hit of a bitter note or 2.

The taste is sweetish malt, corn/grain/ with a hint of a bitter note or 2. :^)

Almost at the US defined Session Beer at 4.6%, I'd take this over the few other AALs that linger in the stores around town that include BMC(old name of course) and non BMC.

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Photo of tork1645
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Actually fairly decent for what it is. theres a little hoppiness accompanying the normal macro corn flavors, but is not cloying. I cant drink much of it before Im sick of it, but that goes for pretty much every domestic lager. Better than most & a sixer takes me down memory lane every now & then

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Photo of Assmacker
3.72/5  rDev +26.1%

Feeling generous with the rating but it deserves it. I hate the city of Baltimore and their Criminal football team but "oh boy what a beer." I love me a cheap light novelty beer, and I always drink natty bo from 16 oz pounder cans. Ratings are earned through finesse rather than impress. You get what you pay for for, excellent sip to sip value. No bs here this is a smooth beer that is refreshing on a hot day or after work. Goes great with some Maryland blue crab.

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National Bohemian Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.